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ACLU secretly demotes free speech [UPDATED AND REVISED]

(Paul Mirengoff) The left bailed on free speech a while back. Everyone who has been paying attention knows this. Less widely known is that the ACLU seems to be bailing too. So argues Wendy Kaminer, a former board member, in the Wall Street Journal. Kaminer reports on new ACLU guidelines governing case selection and “Conflicts Between Competing Values or Priorities.” Accordi...
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ACLU secretly demotes free speech

(Paul Mirengoff) The left bailed on free speech a while back. Everyone who has been paying attention knows this. Less widely known is the fact that the ACLU is bailing too. That’s clear from this column in the Wall Street Journal by Wendy Kaminer, a former ACLU board member. Kaminer reports on new ACLU guidelines governing case selection and “Conflicts Between Competing ...

Another great reason to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council

(Paul Mirengoff) Earlier this week, I discussed the Trump administration’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the farcical U.N. Human Rights Council. Our stated reasons for pulling were that the Council, which includes notorious human rights abusers (e.g., China, Cuba, and Venezuela), tolerates atrocities and exhibits blatant bias against Israel. Now, it has be...

These council members voted NOT to raise your taxes.

Below are the council members who voted against raising your taxes.  They voted against the Mendez substitute budget which would have increased the property tax rate by 50 cents or 16%. A tax increase would have not only been paid by homeowners but renters would have likely been impacted to a greater extend since multi-family properties are assessed at a higher rate and higher taxes on these properties would have been passed on to renters in the form of higher rents. ...

Time for the “Soscars”?

(Steven Hayward) The Whirled Cup soccer tournament is under way over in Russia right now, which is why there’s a file open for Paul in the Missing Persons bureau of the local police. Anyway, while I am a fan of really awful b-movies like They Live, and, needless to say, all the Sharknado classics, as well as the neglected Birdemic, to appreciate truly awful acting you have to be a connoisseur of soccer. The acting is so bad that we need to start awarding t...

CONFLICT UNRESOLVED

Authored by William Robert Barber  Tolerance is an antecedent analogous to an open mind. Liberal progressives favor meaningless, animated hysteria has closed their mind. As a result, the necessary platform required for debate and dialogue between conservatives and liberals is nonexistent. The alternative to nonexistent dialogue (as presently exampled by progressive media) is to denigrate, vilify, and malign: Conservatives in General-President Trump-Inexact. The evolving of dispara...

Press Secretary kicked out of VA restaurant, social media responds

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a Lexington, VA restaurant Friday night because she works for President Trump. As you might imagine, Facebook and Twitter posts reflect the electorate in general, with mixed opinions depending upon individual political v...

She Should Have Asked Them To Bake Her a Cake

(John Hinderaker) There is not much point in trying to keep up with the Liberal Outrages of the Day. They come too fast and furiously; it would be a full-time job, and more. But yesterday’s peak outrage is one you probably already know about: the manager of a Red Hen restaurant kicked Sarah Sanders and her family out of her establishment last night. Sanders tweeted about it: Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leav...

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom loses the tone, confuses the theme (spoiler-filled review)

I’m a big fan of the original Jurassic Park. It’s a classic Spielberg piece which melds an entertaining science fiction premise and turns it into a mostly gentle survival horror film. The original film hammered the audience with the theme (“life finds a way”) but ultimately the...

Brexit heading to the barricades?

Two years to the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, the two sides don’t appear any closer to the “soft” Brexit promised by the Theresa May’s Tories. British and EU officials have begun issuing increasingly pessimistic statements about the direction of negotiati...

Saving the Planet Through Virtue-Signaling

(Steven Hayward) One reason I have long term optimism that we’re going to beat the left is that they flunk the humor test—over and over again. Here are the folks at College Humor making fun of the “locavores” who make farmer’s market shopping into a sacrament. Meanwhile, I’m heading off to a wine festival this afternoon. And planning to avoid every winery that boasts that it is either “organic” or “sustainable” (unless by “susta...

These Council members voted to raise your taxes.

Below are the council members who voted in favor of raising your taxes.  They supported the Mendez substitute budget which would have increased the property tax rate by 50 cents or 16%. A tax increase would have not only been paid by homeowners but renters would have likely been impacted to a greater extend since multi-family properties are assessed at a higher rate and higher taxes on these properties would have been passed on to renters in the form of higher rents. To con...

George Will: Vote Democrat this fall if you care about your country

Man, I’m not sure I’m ready for Woke George Will. I’ve barely come to grips with the reality of ...

Understanding Hillary’s crimes: The podcast

(Scott Johnson) I have been saying that an overwhelming wealth of story lines emerges from the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation” released last week. I posted the report via Scrbid here. Andrew McCarthy pointed out before the election ...

Turkish opposition leader drawing huge crowds before elections

As we discussed a couple of weeks back, tomorrow is the date for the first round of national elections in Turkey. While the nation’s current tyrant, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is still the favorite to win in the scant bi...

What happended at the Council meeting of 6/19/18: No tax hike budget passes, most other important bills deferred. (final update)

By now everyone who cares knows the council passed a budget that does not raise taxes. This meeting however is worth watching because it is one of the best meeting I have ever seen.  I thought the arguments were well made even when I didn’t agree with the position of the speakers. Also, the Council was attempting to do something never done before and that is to raise taxes when the mayor’s office did not propose raising taxes, so that made it interesting.  If you ...

Washington Post Must Take A Final Shot At Krauthammer

Washington Post Under Fire for Sickening First Line of Krauthammer’s Obituary Washington Post Under Fire For Sickening First Line Of Krauthammer’s Obituary Dr. Charles Krauthammer passed away on Thursday after a struggle against cancer. It wasn’t the only medical issue the Harvard-educated psychiatrist faced with bravery and class: A quadriplegic since his early 20’s, Krauthammer...

Liberals Found Nothing Wrong With Keeping Kids Separated From Their Parents

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Immigration Stats Manipuated To Make Things Appear To Be Better Than They Are

How Immigration Officials  Cooked the Books and  Fooled Congress for Years Mark Metcalf / June 20, 2018 / 6 Comments ...

Did Trump do an about face on North Korea? Not really

I came back from a short day-trip to flip on the news and see the announcement that President Trump had reversed course on our dealings with North Korea’s dictator. According to the report, Trump was now calling Kim Jong-un an “extraordinary threat” to our national security. That...